Science says your brain does not live in reality and can explain how you can hack the matrix
If we don’t live in reality, who and what can you trust and believe when you want to hack the matrix? Countless studies indeed prove our brains do not live in reality. Science suggests that politicians, corporations, and the media take advantage of how our brains function.
Paranoia reigns supreme as we hear about widespread “Fake News.” You can argue till you are blue in the face with an opponent, and they refuse to accept facts you present. When they respond with their argument, it sounds so fake! Sadly, there is so much turmoil in the world. Everyone has a unique perspective, and no one believes that any other’s is true. It is a matrix of insanity and panic. But could we hack our brains out of this web?
By understanding how your brain functions, you can begin to question the false reality you live inside. You can really hack your way to the truth! Below we have listed some of the knots in the matrix that entangle your brain. Ultimately, this could be your key out of your mental prison.
The Brain Constantly Ignores Facts
The brain chooses to block out images that are there in front of you. When you are busy focusing on what you believe is important, peripheral items disappear from your visual field.
A phenomenon called “motional-induced blindness” has been subject to lab observation since 1965. When a flurry of movement is occurring, and we are trying to focus on a central item, other stationary objects appear invisible. They reappear if we shift our attention.
Research has suggested that our brains can’t take in all the information, so blocks a part of it. It could be a protective measure. But when someone swears blind they didn’t see something you did – maybe they didn’t?
To illustrate, this is why we always need to check our blind-spot when we are driving.
The Brain Misses Facts Right in Front of Your Eyes
Similar to motion-induced blindness is “inattentional blindness.” You are more likely to be subject to its influence if you have been drinking alcohol.
Scientists showed a group of people a video. It contained people passing a ball between them. They asked participants to count the passes. In the background, a gorilla ran past several times. Half of the group had previously drunk an alcoholic beverage. They were the ones more likely to claim that they never saw a gorilla in the video.
Sinister people can trick you into taking advantage of this. They will distract you so that you don’t notice something else happening in the background. Magicians use this to their advantage, to pull off their illusions. So too do many politicians, advertisers and media outlets.
Facts Don’t Automatically Change Someone’s Perception
Political Scientists have discovered that facts don’t necessarily change people’s beliefs. Furthermore, their studies proved the opposite! Many people presented with facts that oppose their point of view, will only become more fervent in their false beliefs.
In other words, facts appear to strengthen misinformation. The reason is very primitive. People feel threatened by change. They are more likely to retreat into the familiar even deeper. Facing unknown territory seems too fraught with risk. The greatest danger is being deemed a heretic by the social group to which one belongs.
People are willing to argue without facts if it means their place in their group remains secure as a result. We also seek consistency. Our brains create neural pathways that are familiar. New information can feel like an unfamiliar road with an unknown destination.
The key to embracing new facts that don’t seem to fit your narrative is to become more self-secure, researchers have suggested.
Your Brain Creates False Memories
“False memory syndrome” is a wide-spread problem. It becomes worse when people try to remember an event in vivid detail. We become subject to “imagination inflation.” To break a memory down to the basic facts and truth can be complicated.
Creative people with incredible imaginations can become greater victims of this. When the police or a psychotherapist demand finer details of a memory, this can backfire. And it is not the fault of the person remembering.
When a person is under pressure, they can conveniently “remember” something that benefits someone else. If they are in a state of fear, the memory protects them. Frighteningly, this can appear to become a legitimate memory for them.
The simple solution is to assume that you likely embellish all of your memories.
Your Brain Misinterprets People’s Intentions
Everyone in our lives is like the tip of an iceberg. There are even parts of ourselves that we don’t see fully. How much more so is this with other people. Scientists call this “fundamental attribution error.”
The brain desires answers, life is a never-ending puzzle for which we are searching for pieces to fit. But when we judge a person based on behavior, rather than context, it is a sign our brain is taking a lazy route. The puzzle pieces are not correct.
In 1967, researchers Victor Harris and Edward Jones ran an experiment. A group of people was instructed to read a paper written about Fidel Castro. The researchers also informed the group that the writer had written the paper while directed by another on precisely what to write. Even though they knew this, they still assumed the author believed in what they had written.
There has always been a domino effect that has led to a person’s actions. Taking what they do personally is always an error. To hack our minds out of the matrix and stop misjudging people, we must remember this.
Your Brain Follows the Popular Masses Like a Sheep
Psychologist Solomon Asch performed a very famous experiment during the 1950s. He discovered how people make grave errors in judgment. The more pressure a person feels inside their social group, the more likely they are to set aside reality.
The human animal is social. It relies on the group to survive. So when the group unanimously declares a falsehood to be true, someone with doubts will still agree.
Asch discovered some interesting things. The test involved comparing the size of a line to a separate group of differing sized lines. He took a group of actors and sat them with the test subject. The actors all agreed that the line was the same as one that clearly was not the same. The test subject agreed with them 76% of the time.
Asch altered the test. All the actors but one gave the false answer. The other actor gave the correct answer. In 18% of cases, the test subject would feel safe also to give the correct answer.
The brain doesn’t want truth or facts that will put it in danger. Becoming aware of reality can seem like a risk that is too much for many to take. It can mean isolation and alienation – which can even sometimes be life threatening. Sometimes your enemies are on your side but are too afraid to admit it.